Visitors to Chicago are forever amazed with the impressive public parks which are home to outdoor concerts, massive works of art, and citywide biking paths. Experiencing a new city is typically done on the top of a sightseeing bus, on foot, or by employing public transportation. All of these offer unique ways of seeing the city, but opting to change things up with a bike rental can offer a fresh take on the city. Travelers can often struggle to practice the same healthy, environmentally conscious lifestyle that they stick to at home. The city of Chicago is perfectly set up for bikers to explore the many green spaces while going for a fitness friendly bike ride.
This modern, award-winning 24.5 acre downtown green space practically invites bikers as it is now home to the McDonald’s Cycle Center, which is aimed at making the city more bicycle-friendly. While bikers are not allowed to bike all throughout the park, they must stick to specified biking paths, there are over 300 bike parking spots at the new Cycle Center. Bikers can stop off here to listen to a concert, gaze at the Cloud Gate, splash in the Crown Fountain, or participate in a tour of the park. Independent bikers can even download a free audio tour of the park that they can use to take in the public space at their own pace. Several dining options are also found here for bikers who need a bite to eat.
This super-sized park is actually home to Millennium Park, which is found in the north-western part of Grant Park. Taking in the rest of the park is easily done, as Grant Park is located on the Lakefront Trail, a bike path which spans over 18 miles along Lake Michigan. The Shedd Aquarium is visible from the bike path, but is only one of many museums found in the appropriately named Museum Campus of the park. 57 acres of the 319 total acres of Grant Park are dedicated to such intriguing attractions as the Alder Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, and the famous Field Museum of Natural History that is home to Sue the T-Rex. As is to be expected of such a massive park, there are breath-taking gardens, baseball fields, and marinas to take in as well.
The largest of Chicago’s public parks at a whopping 1,208 acres, there is no shortage of recreational and cultural attractions for visitors. Lincoln Park spans 7 miles of the Lakefront Trail and is home to the free, year-round Lincoln Park Zoo. The Chicago History Museum is located here, and also pays homage to this notable president with displays of Lincoln artifacts that range from furniture to clothing. True outdoors enthusiasts will delight in the sporting spaces that cater to an incredible range of pursuits from archery to golf to volleyball, as well as the 7 public beaches found here. While checking out the baseball diamonds, tennis courts, and 3 harbors make sure to take in the beautiful artworks that are featured in Lincoln Park, especially the one of the park’s namesake.
The lengthy Chicago Lakefront Trail offers visitors and residents a chance to experience many of the exciting attractions that the city is known for, while the recent addition of the McDonald’s Cycle Center proves that the city is continuing to evolve to become even more accessible to bikers. Even families with young children can take in the sights as bike rental facilities feature quadcycles, as well as helmets that can accommodate the smallest sight-seers.
Justin Reynolds is a professional blogger that enjoys discussing travel related topics. He writes for Foxfiremountain.com, an adventure vacation package company.